I remember when Seema messaged me on Instagram asking about my availability for her wedding in June, I painfully had to say I was booked up. A few weeks later, Seema messaged me again saying the wedding was now booked for August and I was happy to say, that the date was available! Seema and I spoke for ages soon after and I loved hearing about her wedding plans and getting to know more about her and Kushal. Seema pretty much said to book them in for the day and a few weeks later, when Seema and Kushal came over, we got on really, really well! I knew this wedding would be special.
A few weeks before the wedding, Seema excitedly told me about all the small details they’ve put into the wedding and I love it when couples put in the extra touches to make their wedding that bit more personal to them.
Seema and Kushal’s wedding took place at Sopwell House in St Albums which is a stunning venue! The setup by Shagun Weddings looked gorgeous and I spotted all of the small personal item which were snapped away! I saw Seema while she was getting ready and when her friends and family were in and out and everyone’s reaction to Seema was WOW! It was fun capturing the little moments between everyone who came in to say hi, it’s the little key moments that add to the story of the day.
Kushal and his entourage arrived in true style, making lots of noise and dancing before the Hindu Wedding ceremony started, what a top entrance dude!…Kushal looked super smooth with his sisters, all with their sun glasses on and the biggest smiles!
The Hindu wedding ceremony was perfectly conducted by Gajendra Mehta and the ceremony was full of fun, laughter and amazing emotion, this is something I really picked up on from the day and loved it! One of my fav shots from the wedding is when Seema hugged her dad after the wedding, the smile on her dad, and the tightness of the hug is priceless!
In the evening, it was time to drink up, enjoy the celebrations and party hard! With it being a hot day, the drinks reception took place outside and I remember having to hide Seema and Kushal as we were taking portraits, we pretty much walked pass everyone, but thankfully, not many people saw us, PHEW!
As expected, Kushal was ripped apart by the best men and the reactions all around were awesome! When the dancing started, the whips were out along with wigs, inflatable items, hats, glasses, frames, it was a full on rave! It was also great to see other friends at the wedding and my previous couple Anika and Nikhil which is where Seema and Kushal saw my photographs.
Seema and Kushal, wow, what an amazing wedding day you guys planned! Every little thing was carefully planned and I had an incredible time photographing your big day. A huge Thank You to you and your families for being incredibly welcoming, I felt more like a friend than just your photographer and I look forward to hanging out with you both soon!
Enjoy the moments everyone!
Huge Thank you to my Bro Tejas for his assistance on the day!
Other suppliers on the day:
Wedding Planner – Karishma Manwani Events
Wedding Priest – Gajendra bhai Mehta
Wedding day music – Shiv Gopal Music
Mandap and Decor – Shagun Weddings
Catering – Preeti Catering
DJ – Musical Movements
MUA – Paruls Beauty
Flowers – Floco
Venue – Sopwell House
Videography – Samsara
My last wedding of 2016 was two days before Christmas and what a wedding to end the incredible wedding season.
During the lead up to the main Hindu Wedding and Reception party, I had a blast getting to know Alpa and Rahul, there was the fantastic Pre wedding shoot, a beautiful Civil ceremony at Hylands House and lots of WhatsApp banter in between! From their civil wedding, one of my photographs received a Merit award at the prestigious SWPP Print competition which I was totally blow away by.
Alpa and Rahul’s wedding took place at the beautiful Hatfield House and I love the look of this venue, traditional beams, stunning paintings all over and of course a Christmas tree! It’s a unique venue and very different to the other venues I’ve shot at in the past. Before the wedding, Alpa would send me shots of the personal details they were putting into the wedding and I loved seeing it all in person and then capturing them, Christmas was the theme in the evening and what a way to start of the festive period.
The Hindu wedding ceremony took place in the morning followed by the even reception party in the evening, the hall looked like a scene from Harry Potter movies. What I loved capturing the most about this wedding were the emotions and closeness of both families, everyone was always smiling and out to have a great day and it definitely shows in the moments captured, I’ll let the photographs below do the talking
Alpa and Rahul, Thank you both for being an awesome couple and allowing me to photograph your special day; it was a true honour. I hope the moments captured bring back all the emotions from special day, see you guys soon!
Massive Thanks to Tejas for his assistance on the day.
Back in August, I had the pleasure of photographing Darshna and Karan’s Civil ceremony, Hindu wedding and Reception party at the Manor of Groves and this was one of my favourite weddings this year.
Darshna and Karan are always happy and always smiling and that’s the way they are. They are totally into each other and I loved showing this in the moments captured. I loved photographing their big day as it evolved, from the moment I saw Darshna and Karan in the morning, they were calm, collected and of course, smiling! This was their mood all throughout the day right till the final dance.
Karan, by far had the Best groom’s entrance that I’ve ever seen, he and his family danced all the way down the wedding isle which was a first! It was totally Karan, anyone could see that. The Hindu wedding was beautifully conducted by Hemang Bhatt and it was a pleasure capturing the wedding ceremony and the moments inbetween.
Before the reception party began, I went to see Darsh and Karan to take some portraits in their evening outfits but the typical British weather meant that it was raining so we postponed the shoot until later on in the evening. I had something special in mind with gazebo that was lit up, I even told Karan and he’ll need to delay the first dance to get this shot I had in mind. Darshna and Karan had full faith in me and off we went, they braved the cold weather (Still smiling) and it was So worth the effort in the end, we walked away with some amazing portraits. Karan even said to that delaying the party was hard to digest, but after seeing the photographs, it was totally worth it!
Darshna, Karan, it’s been awesome getting to know you both and capturing your special day. I hope the photographs bring back every memory of your wedding day. All the best guys.
A massive Thank you to Meheer for helping me on this shoot, and as always, it’s a pleasure working alongside Lax Videography.
Meera and Mitesh (Mits) are an amazing couple whom I have had the pleasure of getting to know really well over the last year.
A few months back I spent some time with them during their pre wedding shoot and for me, a pre wedding shoot is a great way for me to gel with my couples and get them comfortable infront of the camera, thanks for braving out the mud, insect bites and the hayfever.
Fast forward to July and it was time for Meera and Mits’ Hindu wedding which took place at the beautiful Bhaktivedanta Manor in Watford (Hare Krishna Temple).
I love photographing at the Manor, its my local temple and there’s always a calming feeling when I go there. Meera was getting ready the bridal suite and when I got there, I was a bit over whelmed with the chaos while Meera and her mum were getting ready (haha, sorry Meera) but it made me approach the situation slightly differently and I managed to squeeze into arkward positions and get some cool shots as you’ll see later on. Meera looks absolutely stunning on the day, she had a very regal look to her and Mits scrubbed up well too 😛
I love capturing fun and laughter at weddings and Meera and Mits’ family are full of this. Everyone was in great spirits throughout the day and some amazing moments and emotions were captured. I had blast capturing the wedding ceremony and everyone involved and it was great seeing everyone the week after at the civil and reception party. Some of my favourite moments are the moments inbetween the ceremony.
Sundar Madhava Das from the temple was the priest for the day and he beautifully conducted the wedding ceremony for Meera and Mits, it was the perfect start to becoming Mr and Mrs Vora.
Here are a selection of moment’s that I love and wanted to share. Meera and Mits, I wish you guys all the very best and I hope the memories captured last you a lifetime. A Big Thank You to both Badal and Vora families for making me feel so welcome throughout the wedding events.
Massive Thank you to Meheer for his assistance on the day.
Here’s a selection of images from Nirali and Manish’s Hindu wedding that took place back in June.
I had a lot of fun capturing Nirali and Manish’s events, having recently photographed Nirali’s sister’s wedding back in December, it was great seeing everyone again, it almost felt like I was at a family wedding.
The Hindu wedding ceremony took place at Quendon Hall and as soon as I was driving up, I spotted massive open fields with yellow flowers and I said to my colleague Tejas, ‘We need to get them in there for portraits!’ When I spoke to the video guys about this, they had the same idea!
The Hindu wedding ceremony was beautifully conducted by Vasudev Mehta and I had an amazing time capturing Nirali and Manish’s big day. Wveryone was smiling and laughing throughout the day and the happiness of two families coming together is easily seen. After the wedding, we all jumped into my car for portraits and made it into the field, it was worth it!
Nirali and Manish, it’s been a blast getting to know you both and capturing your big day, you both make an amazing couple and I wish you all the happiness in the world as Mr & Mrs Patel.
Enjoy the moments below!
Massive Thank you to Tejas for all of your help on the day.
I recently had the pleasure of photographing Rajvi and Gordon’s wedding events. We started with Sangeet party, then the Church Blessing and the final event was the Hindu Wedding and Reception party at the stunning Hedsor House.
The Hindu wedding ceremony was beautifully conducted by Hemag Bhatt and he clearly explained the ceremonies to all of the guests, some of whom may have been seeing a Hindu wedding ceremony for the first time. In the evening, Rajvi and Gordon planned an amazing Gatsby themed wedding reception which I had a blast photographing. So many great moments and emotions were captured over the events and I feel privileged to have captured them.
When I met Rajvi and Gordon, I asked ‘What’s important to you when looking back at your wedding photographs?’ Gordon’s reply was simple, they wanted to see their friends and families enjoying each others’ company as this might be the only time they are all together. This really stuck with me and it re-affirmed why I love photographing weddings, I get to capture these important moments where both families come together, which could be a once in a life time opportunity.
Rajvi, Gordon, I wish you guys all the happiness in the world and I hope every time you open your wedding album that all of the memories of your wedding events come back to you.
Massive Thank you to Tejas for his assistance on the wedding events.
Here’s a wedding of two neighbours… yes, Rishi (pretty much) married the girl next door and I had the honour of capturing their special day. Neha and Rishi’s Hindu wedding took place at the beautiful Oshwal centre in Potters bar amd Rishi arrived with his closet friends and family and were greeted by Neha’s family.
When the families met, all of the women from both sides were singing old Gujarati songs against each other which pretty much are insults to the other side, no idea why it happens, but its all in good spirit!
After the initial meet and greet, the Hindu wedding ceremony began and was conducted by Pandit Vasudev Mehta and I had a blast capturing Neha and Rishi’s special moments.
Both families are very close and it was fun to capture everyone having a great time together. Below are a small selection of my favourite moments captured on the day.
Neha and Rishi, I wish you guys all the very best for the future and may the photographs bring back all of the memories from your fantastic wedding
Massive thanks to Jai for helping out on the shoots
Here are some of the awesome suppliers I worked with on the day:
Decor: Gayatri Weddings and Events
Hindu wedding priest: Pandit Vasudev Mehta
Wedding ceremony music: Shiv Gopal Music
Minal and Niemesh’s wedding was the last wedding of 2015 that I had the pleasure of photographing. I spent the previous three days photographing their pre wedding functions and got to know everyone really well so come big day, I felt like one of the family
The Hindu wedding day arrived and I was fully charged and ready for the last shoot of the season which I always love to end on a high.
Minal and Neimesh’s wedding celebrations took place at the Sattavis Patidar centre in Wembley and the ceremony was beautifully conducted by Pandit Vasudev Mehta accompanied by Shiv Gopal Music, these guys are a dream team! The morning ceremony was a lot of fun, everyone was in good spirits despite the cold weather and in evening the DJ had everyone raving hard well into the late night! Fair to say, I had a blast with everyone and some awesome moments were captured.
Here a few of the moments captured that I particularly love, there were many more I wanted to include but though best to keep the blog short and sweet
Minal and Neimesh, I wish you both all the very best for the future as Mr and Mrs Patel!
A Massive Thank you to Meheer for all of your help on the wedding day, I’m looking forward to capturing more amazing moments with you very soon!
Here are some of the awesome suppliers I worked with on the day:
MUA: Annie Shah MUA
Decor: Sincere Events
Dining: Annapurna Catering
Hindu wedding priest: Pandit Vasudev Mehta
Wedding ceremony music: Shiv Gopal Music
Reception Party DJ: Jags Klimax
Cinematography: Clearcut productions
When Roopa first contacted me, she said that she’s marrying her best friend and I thought that was one of the sweetest things I’ve heard! Soon after, I spoke to Amar and during our phone call, we developed a Bromance! When I meet Roopa and Amar, we instantly connected and I was excited that they chose me to photograph their big day.
Roopa and Amar’s wedding took place at Quendon Hall and I love this venue! Its so bright and even if the weather is bad and there are so many great spots to get some beautiful portraits which we took full advantage of.
The wedding ceremony was beautifully conducted by Pandit Vasudev Mehta and DJ Kaos played the night away well into the early hours of the morning.
From the pics below, you’ll see one common theme…smiles, laughter, excitement and lots of fun! Just what I like seeing at weddings.
Roopa and Amar, it was an absolute pleasure photographing your special day, I consider you both as friends and I look forward to catching up with you both very soon. A BIG thank you to both Thakrar and Sharma families for making me feel so welcome during the events. Enjoy the moments guys.
Krupa and Vishal are a fantastic couple and I had an amazing time photographing their special day which took place at Savill Court in Windsor back in July.
The day started off with the Hindu wedding ceremony which was beautifully conducted by Ravi Sharma, followed by a very personal Civil and then an awesome reception party with a live funk band called Supatight (www.supatight.co.uk), even I couldn’t stop moving on the dance floor while they played out!
It was an honour capturing Krupa and Vishal’s big day, I loved photographing both of them, their friends and family…so much energy, fun and love between everyone! Enjoy the pics below guys, I hope the moments captured take you back to the big day every time you look at them. I wish you all the very best as Mr & Mrs!
Big thanks to both families for making me feel so welcomed on the day and as always, thank you Meheer’s for your help on the day.
Massive thanks as always to Meheer for his help on the wedding day.
So the summer wedding season has been fantastic and I feel honoured to have photographed some amazing couples and documenting their special moments. As the season starts to quieten down, it’s time to showcase some of the beautiful moments I’ve captured and I’d like to start with Rakhi and Imi’s wedding which took place at the stunning Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha in Southall, followed by a fantastic reception party at the beautiful Syon Park conservatory.
Raks and Imi are a very cool couple and I was honoured to photograph their special day, I enjoyed capturing their fun nature with their closest friends and family at the Gurdwara and again the evening at the reception party where Syon conservatory was completely lit up and everyone partied hard!
With their creative background, Raks and Imi put a lot of thought in the décor and details at Syon and I loved all the unique touches from the table plan to the individually named envelopes and whoopee cushion for the kids!
A memorable moment was when I wanted to get a portrait of Raks and Imi in the evening with the conservatory lit up. I pre lit the screen with a couple taking a selfie outside then grabbed Raks and Imi and had around 1 minute to photograph them before Imi picked Raks up and ran back to party…true party animals! You’ll see this moment within the pics.
Raks and Imi you guys are awesome and I wish you both all the very best as Mr and Mrs, I look forward to seeing you both again the future.
So for your viewing pleasure, here are a few of the moments from Rakhi and Imi’s big day.
Massive thanks as always to Meheer for his help on the wedding day.
A few weeks back, I had the pleasure of photographing Disha and Vivan’s stunning Hindu Wedding which took place at Hedsor House in Windsor and what a lot of fun it was!
Despite the rain, everyone was in the great spirits! In true Punjabi style Viv arrived with his friends and family dancing with a lot of energy and excitement. Both sides of the family partied hard before the ceremonies began.
A fond memory of mine was the milni ceremony which is when the heads of both families garland each other and then they attempt to lift each other up, you’ll see below who won…the facial expressions are priceless!
The wedding ceremony was a small intimate one which was beautifully conducted by Kamal Pandey which was thoroughly enjoyed by all guest. Both Disha and Viv looked absolutely stunning on the day and I loved photographing them both, their smiles, closeness and fun personalities! Some amazing moments were captured which I know will be treasured for a lifetime.
I’ve had a fantastic time getting to know Disha, Viv and their families, it was a pleasure capturing their special day and getting to know everyone, thank you for making me feel very welcome Here are a few of the moments from the Hindu wedding which I hope you enjoy viewing.
A massive Thank you to Meheer Shah for his help on the day! You sir, are awesome!
Awesome wedding suppliers I had the honour of working with on the day:
Venue: Hedsor House
Mandap & Decor: Jay & I Events
Makeup artist: Gini Bhogal
Hindu Wedding Priest: Kamal Pandey
Wedding day music: Shiv Gopal Music
Catering: Ragamama | Raagasaan
Anjalee and Suraj’s Hindu wedding took place at the beautiful Oshwal Centre in Potters bar and it was one of my favourite weddings from 2014. (Yes I say this about every wedding I photograph!)
Despite the rain, I had a lot of fun photographing Anjalee and Suraj’s special day, and the rain actually came to use which you’ll see below. What I especially loved about this wedding, was capturing the closeness of Anjalee and Suraj; the small little looks to each other, the massive smiles, the excitement in their eyes and the deep love for one another. I first saw this during the pre wedding shoot and it was great to see it again on the wedding day. The day began with the arrival of Suraj and his family and everyone was in great spirits! The day was full of fun and banter and I knew there would be some amazing moments to capture. The wedding ceremony was beautifully conducted by Raju Bhai Pandya accompanied by Shiv Gopal Music and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the ceremony. Soon after the wedding ceremony was over, it was time to get some amazing portraits on the grounds of Oshwal Centre, the temple grounds are amazing and walking through them, you’d think you’re in India, I would highly recommend checking it out!
Personally, I’ll do what ever I can to get an amazing portrait and you’ll see a reflection of Anjalee and Suraj in a puddle which came out great, the only problem was that half of my back was soaked as the water crept though my water proof jacket while taking the shot and by the weekend, I was ill! But it was worth it
As with all Hindu weddings, there was an emotional goodbye and a few tears which I still find hard to capture especially when you’ve got to know the families quite well. The Hindu wedding was now over and a week later, the Civil and Reception party took place. In a few weeks time, I’ll show the pics from that day and I cannot wait to show you them!
A massive thank you to both Adatia and Jethwa families who were extremely welcoming and it was fun getting to know you all, I’m sure I’ll see you all again soon.
Anjalee and Suraj, Thank you SO much for allowing me to capture your special moments, it’s been a pleasure getting to know you and your families and I hope that the moments captured bring back all of the emotions and memories from both days. Enjoy the moments!
As always, a Massive thanks to Meheer Shah for his help on the day.
Here are a few of the wedding suppliers I had fun working with on the day:
Bhavika (Bee) and Minesh are an amazing couple whom I had the privilege of photographing back in August. Their Hindu Wedding and Reception party took place at the beautiful Hilton Hotel near Heathrow Airport.
It was a joy photographing Bee and Minesh’s wedding, these guys are full of expressions and I loved capturing the vibe between them! They had put so much effort in the wedding, I particular liked the small things they did to make it really personal, for example the heart shaped jigsaw where guests left messages, to the photography instructions left on each table and also the empty wine bottles where guests were leaving noted that they can read in 1, 5 and 10 years times, I hope you guys find the message I left, I’ll be waiting for that call when you read it 😉
Having got to know Bee, Minesh and their families at the civil a few days before, I knew the main wedding day was going to be a fun filled one with a lot of mixed emotions; majority were smiles, but as expected there were a few tears too during the Hindu wedding ceremony as Bee entered the room and during the vidhai.
After the Hindu wedding was over, it was time to party hard, #Nocakejustdance was the tag line, and everyone partied hard! As always, I ended up leaving later than expected but it was worth it, some great moments were captured on the dance floor and there was even a surprise visit from 2 Bollywood inspired sumo wrestlers! I’ll let you see the photographs instead of me explaining.
Bee and Minesh, I wish you guys all the happiness in the world, it was a pleasure capturing your special moments and I hope the memories comes flooding back every time you look at the photographs.
Enjoy the memories guys, until next time.
As always, a Massive thanks to Meheer Shah for his help on the day.
Here are a few of the wedding suppliers I had fun working with on the day:
Shiv Gopal Music(Wedding day music)
Kat Films (Cinematography)
Gayatri Weddings & Events (Mandap and decor)
Ragamama Ragasaan (Event Organising and catering)
Diamond Cut (Reception party DJ)
Visha and Amol’s Hindu wedding and Reception party took place not too long ago at the beautiful Beaumont Estate in Windsor, and what a celebration!
The wedding kicked off in the morning with Amol’s family and friends dancing as they arrived, waiting to be greeted by Visha’s family who then joined in with the dancing. The traditional Hindu Gujarati wedding ceremony started off after some breakfast and as expected, the ceremony (beautifully conducted by Hemang Bhai Bhatt) was full of fun, laughter, smiles, tears of joy and lots of nose pinching…well, only Amol’s nose got grabbed several times!
I met Visha’s parents in September 2013 and the first thing her dad asked me was ‘Are you going to make a slideshow for my daughter’s wedding? No pressure hey 😉 So before the reception party kicked off, I sat with my computer and a cup of tea and picked some of my favourite moments from the wedding which were then played on Rityz music’s screens (Thanks for the guys!). Needless to say, everyone was very excited and surprised to see the wedding photographs so soon after the wedding, including Visha’s dad.
So, here are a few of the photographs that were displayed in the reception party from the Hindu wedding ceremony and some from the reception party too.
Looks like I caught Jaymeet having a cheeky nap during the ceremony!
Big thanks to Meheer for his help on the day, and it was a pleasure working along with Finesse Studios. Remember to ‘Like’ my facebook page and for those of you on Twitter, please do follow me @sanjaydgohil.
Bhavika and Viren’s big day was one of my favourite weddings to photograph from this summer.
It was a bright and sunny day so the Civil ceremony took place outside in the stunning grounds at The Manor of Groves in Sawbridge, you’ll see below in the photographs how it was set up; picture perfect! Soon after the civil ceremony was completed, the Hindu wedding ceremony began, this was full of fun, emotion, laughter, nose pinching and shoes being stolen fives times! Pretty much what you can expect from a Hindu Wedding (Minus shoes being stolen five times!)
I had great fun photographing Bhavika and Viren’s wedding, everyone was in high spirits and some beautiful moments were captured throughout the day; memories which I’m sure will last a lifetime.
Bhavika and Viren you both make an amazing couple and I thank you for allowing me to capture your special day, I wish you both all the best for the future and I look forward to showing you more of the moments captured very soon!
Enjoy the memories.
Big thanks to Jai Shah for his help on the day, and as always, its’s a pleasure working alongside Pratik and Ravi from Unia Productions (Cinematography)
Trisha and Shiv’s Hindu wedding took place at Bhaktivedanta Manor in Watford, which is also known as the Hare Krishna Mandir.
I’ve had a blast getting to know Trisha and Shiv over the last year, we had a great time back in November during their pre wedding shoot in London, it was freezing cold but they braved it out and we got some fantastic shots. The weather on the wedding day was a complete contrast; it was hot and sunny and as the wedding was taking place in the afternoon, I knew that when it came to the portrait session, we would get gorgeous sunlight which I look full advantage of!
The Hindu wedding ceremony took place inside the Mandir itself and was beautifully conducted by Jay Krishna. Trisha looked stunning and Shiv scrubbed up well too! This was definitely one of my favourite weddings this year, it was full of emotion, details and amazing people who made me feel like family, what more could I ask for? Thank you Trisha and Shiv for choosing me to photograph your special day, may the memories captured bring back all of the fun and excitement from the day.
Massive thanks you to Meheer for his assistance on the day as always.
Rohini and Mayank recently had their Civil and Hindu Wedding at Ealing Town Hall and I was honoured to have photographs this amazing couple.
On the day of the wedding, it was raining quite a lot and I was more worried about the portraits later on in the day than anything else! The day began with a Civil ceremony which was beautifully conducted by Rohini’s sister, and then soon after the Hindu wedding ceremony began with lots of dancing and singing by the ladies on Mayank’s side! I do find the words to the songs quite funny as they pretty much tease/insult the bride’s family, good thing that Rohini’s family gave as good as they received!
I had a great time photographing Rohini and Mayanks wedding ceremonies, it was full of fun, laughter and smiles throughout the while day, despite the weather not being that great. After the wedding ceremony was over and the emotional goodbye, we headed off for some final portraits and I was privileged to photograph Rohini and Mayank outside the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden at which point we has blue skies! It was a perfect end to a beautiful wedding.
Rohini and Mayank, I wish you both all the very best for the future and I do hope that the moments I have captured will last a lifetime and beyond.
So for your viewing pleasure, here are a few of the moments captured, happy viewing everyone!
Big thanks to Jai Shah for assiting on the day, and it was a pleasure capturing alongside Zenith Cinematography.
I recently photographed Trushna and Vimal’s Hindu Wedding which took place at one of my favourite wedding venues, The Grove in Watford.
It was a crisp sunny day, the skies were blue (hurrah!) I arrived at The Grove and there was a sense of calm in the air, this soon ended as Vimal and his family arrived dancing and fun began! The wedding ceremony was beautifully conducted by Arjun Bhai and one particular highlight was when Vimal had his shoes stolen, you could see Trushna’s family eagerly waiting and when the time came, they pouched and got Vimal’s shoes! Soon after it went back to normality and Trushna arrived looking stunning as ever and the rest, well, you’ll see below!
Trushna and Vimal, I wish you both all the happiness in the world and a big thank you for allowing me photograph your special moments.
A bit of fun before the reception party started!
Big thanks to Vinay for assisting on the day.
I recently had a great time photographing Vandita and Darshan recently during their London based Pre Wedding/engagment photoshoot. I knew this was going to be fun and a good challenge at the same time.
The location was selected by Vandita and Darshan; a bar in the city with some funky decor and atmosphere and I felt like a kid in a candy store! The lighting was intimate and there were plenty of opportunities to get some amazing shots of this fun couple. Both Vandita and Darshan made a big effort with the shoot and it was well worth it! A few drinks also helped ease their nerves but I think they didn’t need it 😉
So for your viewing pleasure here are a few of Vandita and Darshan’s PreWedding photographs.
Big thanks to Pratik for assisting with the lighting on the shoot.
Amisha and Hamen’s Hindu wedding can pretty much be summed up in 1 word – FUN!
I loved capturing the banter, fun, closeness and singing over each other during Amish and Hamen’s big day and we were fortunate that the Hindu wedding took place outdoors in the beautiful walled garden at Northbook Park, I secretly hoped that one of the peacocks would walk into the mandap…maybe next time!
It was an early start on the day and there were 10 or so pre wedding ceremonies which pretty much took place at the same time, (I’ve lost count!). After lunch the Hindu wedding ceremony took place which was conducted by Pandit Vasudev Mehta, followed by a sit down dinner, and finally lots of partying, oh! and who could forget lots of posing inbetween too!
I had an absolute blast on the main wedding day and also during the pre wedding functions. I discovered that Hamen is a very cheeky chap and it was great to capture that side of him! A big thank you to both Babla and Vagani families for making me feel so welcomed during all of the events.
So for your viewing pleasure, introducing Amisha and Hamen.
Save the shoes!
Ouch, that must’ve hurt!
Massive thanks to Soniya for her assistance on the day.
I’ve loved every wedding that I’ve photographed this year and with the great we’ve had, I was itching to photograph my 1st outdoor wedding and in July I got that opportunity.
Sonia and Prakash’s wedding was like a family wedding to me as I’ve had the pleasure of photographing a lot of their family and friend’s weddings (from Chinmaya Mission) in the past so I knew quite a lot of people there, also I’m sure Prakash and I have a family connection from a few generations ago.
In addition to the Hindu Wedding, I photographed their Civil wedding, Engagement and Sangeet night which were all great fun. Like most Indian weddings, Prakash insisted that I ruin my diet while doing the Insanity workout and tuck into some Gulab Jaman…which I then burned off the next morning as expected! During the sangeet night, I even managed to do some Garba which isn’t the easiest thing to do when you have 2 camera’s attached to your hips
So the big day arrived! The stunning Shendish Manor in Herefordshire was the venue and behind the Manor in the grounds is where the wedding was going to take place. Gayatri Mandaps had done an amazing job in setting up the mandap and seating area, the sun was beaming down and it was going to get hot! Thankfully there was a massive tree with lots of shade so as expected, a lot of guests moved over as the mid-day sun came over us, sadly I could not move over to the shaded so I ended getting a bit of a tan!
The wedding was great fun, everyone was in high spirits, Prakash’s gran even mimicked Prakash’s famous dance move (There’s only one which is easy to follow!) Sonia looked stunning and I love how everyone in Sonia’s family get involved, especially the Naran sister helping her get ready, this definitely shows the closeness of all 8 sister, and who can forget the help from the 5 brothers and 3 brother in laws, have I got that right? 😉
So now, presenting my 1st outdoor Hindu Wedding conducted by Mahdvaji. Sonia and Prakash, I wish you both all the very best for the future, may the moments captured fill you both with emotion every time you look at your album.
Baa doing Prakash’s dancing move
The fans came to great use!
Like a lot of grooms, (including myself) Prakash had trouble putting on the Mangal Sutra and needed a bit of extra help, thanks Bina!
Bina wore Prakash’s shoes and hide them under her Sari and demanded that he dances if he wants them back…
…Which he did!
Thanks for viewing everyone Until next time!
When Heena and Naresh told me that they wanted me to photograph their wedding, I was thrilled! From the moment I met them, I knew their wedding was going to be full of emotion and what an amazing day it was!
Heena and Naresh put a lot of effort in planning the day, the décor looked great, the metal print (that I made for them) looked amazing 😉 and I loved how they used photograph from their Pre Wedding shoot on M&Ms! Now that was a first for me to see. When I saw Heena and Naresh they day before, Naresh had lost his voice and Heena had back spasms, oh dear not a great start, but to be honest, this didn’t stop this great couple from enjoying themselves and they laughed and smiled throughout all functions…why let something get in the way of a special day hey? From Naresh’s reaction to seeing Heena for the ‘1st time’ he was gobsmacked and the proof is in the pictures.
Heena and Naresh, thank you for allowing me to be part of your special day, and just for you guys, a few of the moments captured.
Naresh making sure his hair looks great before Heena arrives…I have #Hairenvy
He looks stunned hey!
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, we even squeezed in a Civil ceremony on the same day! phew!
A Big thanks to Soniya for assisting on this shoot and always, it’s a pleasure working with Lax Videography.
Krishna and Dhiren, what a crazy in love cool couple they are!
I had an awesome time back in May photographing their Civil and Hindu Wedding at The Langley in Watford. It was an early start but def one of the funnest weddings I’ve had the privilege to photograph, I would say that capturing Krishna’s face in the mirror as the Antarphat went down has to be one of my top 5 Photojournalistic moments captured…this defintely caught Dhiren’s cheeky side which I loved capturing! and to be honest, I expected nothing less from him! It was even the 1st time I’ve seen a priest dancing during the the groom’s arrival, pretty cool hey ?!?
Dhiren and Krishna, may the moments captured bring back all of the emotions from your wedding day every time you look at your photographs. I wish you both all the happiness in the world as Mr & Mrs Chauhan, much love to you both.
So enough typing, time to start viewing…
Bridgesh maraj leading the dancing! Classic
Congrats to Dhiren’s brother and bhabhi who got married a few weeks after!
The shot above is one of my top 5 photographs taken
Cheeky Dhiren finally shows himself
Dhiren not happy with Krishna beating him to sitting down 1st…
…So they did it again
Big thanks to Vinay for covering Dhiren in the morning at his place and for Nish for assisting on the day. Katfilms, always a pleasure working alongside you guys.
Krista and Nik, a very lively and FUN couple who had a wedding as lively and fun as them!
I’ve been wanting to blog Krista and Nik’s wedding for a long time as it was one of my favourite ones from this summer, so finally, here it is….The wedding took place at the stunning Fennes Estate in Essex and it was the perfect backdrop for the big day, the temperature was in the 30’s, (my kind of heat) everyone was in great spirits and ready for a fun filled day! I went upstairs to meet Krista and she told me how she’d been bitten by a mosquito…on the nose! I think some brides’ would be panicking and stressing, but Krista was happy and energetic as usual, she was fine and by the time she was ready you couldn’t even tell she’d been bitten…a sign of a great Make Up Artist hey Arpita 😉
Hemang Bhai conducted the wedding ceremony beautifully as usual and it’s the only time I’ve heard a maraj say ‘Chillax’ during a ceremony! The ceremony was pleasant and there were smiles all around throughout the Hindu wedding apart form when Nik lost the games! Once the sun started to set it was time to party and I have to say, the boys partied harder than the ladies….the party rockers were truly in the house!
Below are a few of the moments from Krista and Nik’s awesome wedding, happy viewing everyone!
Keeping in the spirits of London 2012 – The Mobot!
Krista’s reaction to seeing Nik for the 1st time!
Hey Krista, you’re supposed to feed Nik, not yourself!
A dance performance by Krista’s sisters
The mini dance warmup – guys vs the gals!
Hmm, I think the boys won this one!
Time for the 1st dance
Now for everyone to dance! The party rockers were in the house!
Big thanks to Kajal for her assistance on the day and also thanks to Arpita Karania for introducing me to such a fab couple!
Venue: Fennes Estate
Makeup: Arpita Karania
Daytime Decor: Rangeela Arts
Evening Decor: Ragasaan
Maraj: Hemang Bhatt
Videography: Kat Films
I have to say, I had a blast photographing Shilpa and Priyesh’s Hindu wedding events, from the moment we met we hit it off, I got on so well with them, that they decided to buy their 1st home right around the corner from me so we could all go for yummy pasta in Casa Mia and dessert at Twist every week (Just kidding)! Shilpa and Priyesh are a very fun couple and I knew the wedding events were going to be a good reflection of their good, fun hearted nature…bring it on!
For their Hindu wedding day I went out a bought a pair of Hawaiian socks to wear, I have to admit I almost didn’t wear them, but I promised Shilpa that I would wear them, plus it was in the contract! On the morning of the wedding day Shilpa looked down at my feet to check I was wearing them and smiled…gotta keep the bride happy right? Oh, and they were a bit hit on the wedding day!
The Hindu wedding took place at The Manor of Groves and the ceremony was beautifully conducted by Raju Bhai Joshi and there were alot of fun moments during the ceremony especially when Priyesh place a mirror infront of himself so as the anterpath was removed Shilpa saw herself! The reaction was hilarious (See below). Priyesh did manage to sit down before Shilpa did after the Pheras but she got her own back during the Koda Kodi games, even though Priyesh was trying to cheat (Sorry Bro!)
Throughout each wedding event, everyone was so welcoming and I really felt like one of the friends during my time with the Shah’s and Patel’s, I just about remember which ones are Masi’s and Mami’s on Shilpa’s side. I have to admit, I was quite sad when the reception party was over as I really enjoyed my time with everyone and in true Indian style, it took me 30mins to say goodbye! From all of the event, some amazing moments have been captured but there were WAY too many pictures to show, but below are a few of the moment captured from the Hindu Wedding day.
Shilpa & Priyesh, my new neighbours and newly extended family! I cannot wait to show you the full set of images from each wedding event, I wish you all the very best for the future
Final Phera being lead by Shilpa
Priyesh sat down 1st, Shalina wasn’t happy about it!
Sindoor ceremony, the marking of a married Hindu lady
I love the humorous side to these guys
Loser! Shilpa won this time
‘Real’ tears hey girls?
No Money, No Honey? Something like that, right girls?
True love hey!
Thanks for viewing! A Massive Thank You to Pratik Unia for his assistance on the day and as usual, its a pleasure working with Eternal Wedding Films
So while the summer wedding season is still in full flow and I’ve been fortunate to have photographed some amazing weddings this year.
Riti and Jessal’s wedding is one I’d like to showcase today. It was a sunny day, set in the beautiful surroundings of Parklands Quendon Hall based in Essex. The marquee was looking fab as expected, there was a nice calm in the air before all the fun and madness of the wedding begun. I started my day spending way too long photographing the venue and all of the little things that Riti and Jessal had put an effort into choosing. Soon after, I went to photograph Riti getting ready, she has laid out all her jewellery, hung her wedding outfit all ready for me to photograph, which was a nice thought Dil (as usual) did a fab job in making Riti look amazing on her special day although I do wish he kept the Marge Simpson hair do on Riti, oh yeah, and Jessal scrubbed up well too!
Jessal and his entourage came in full force dancing down the drive way and I witnessed some interesting dance moves from the groom himself! After a superb entrance, the Hindu wedding ceremony took place with friends and family and it was day full filled with laughter, joy, smiles, love (of course) and a very emotional goodbye as the day drew to a close. I feel honoured to have photographed Riti and Jessal’s big day and now, for your viewing pleasure, below are some of the moments captured.
Riti and Jessal, I wish you both all the best for the future and may the moments captured bring back all of the memories from your most special day
New Bridal hair concept by Dil Matharu 😉
Come on Jessal, getting married isn’t that bad 😉
Big thanks to Shivani for your assistance on the day.
Jess and Dan recently tied the knot (twice) at Northbrook Park in Surrey and I was honoured to be the one to capture their special day!
Northbrook Park is known for its beautiful grounds and their peacocks that live there. Jess expressed that she would love to have a photograph of a peacock somewhere during the wedding so the challenge was on…I did hope that one would walk infront of the mandap on the day, but no such luck, however, as soon as I’d set up, my assistant (Sam) spotted a peacock and as I crept closer to it, (with my camera all set up) the peacock opened its feather and started shaking them in my direction! I believe this is the mating call, correct? Maybe it was my good looks or my camera the peacock was attracted to….As the day went on, the peacock was always close by and sat on the balcony of Jessica’s room while she was getting ready, we could hear it during the ceremony and I even managed to get the peacock to pose in the background during the portrait session 😉
So what actually happened on the day? 1st was the Civil wedding, then the Hindu wedding, a dinner reception followed by the post wedding games and vidhai (leaving ceremony). I had an absolute blast on their wedding day and the one thing you will see is that Jess and Dan were always smiling and I loved this about them. So now for your viewing pleasure, a few of the moments captured from Jess and Dan’s wedding. I wish you guys all the best for the future.
I recently photographed Poonam and Chris’ Sikh Wedding ceremony at the stunning Gurdwara Sahib in Leamington Spa. Both families met outside for the Milni, then onto breakfast and soon after, it was down to business – the wedding ceremony itself which I had a great time photographing. After the wedding, we headed off to The Heritage Motor Centre in Warwick for the reception party which was filled with lots of bhangra, food, a dance performance by Desi Nach and some cracking speeches.
I knew it was going to be a long day, so I was fully stocked up with RedBull and protein bars to keep me fully energised and the buzz and excitement of the day always keeps me going.
Now for some visual stimulation – a selection of photographs from the day which I always find hard to select as I usually have to cut down from several hundreds!…Poonam, Chris, may the photographs bring back the memories of a fantastic day, I wish you all the happiness in the world.
Thank God for Argos when you forget your new wife’s wedding ring at home!
I’m loving Chris’ styling…Indian shoes with an English suit…maybe the new look will catch on?
Big thanks to Dhiren Dave for photographing Chris’ pre wedding functions while I was photographing Poonam’s pre wedding events and as always, it was a pleasure working with Ammo, Bhabhi and Bunty from Panoramic Moments Videography.
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Until next time…
It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, the 2011 summer wedding season has been amazing! I’ve photographed some beautiful weddings and one I really enjoyed was Priya and Suraj’s Indian wedding at the very popular Oshwal Centre in Potters bar. We were blessed with a gorgeous day, lots of sun, fun and a lot of smiles throughout the day.
For your viewing pleasure, a few of the moments from Priya and Suraj’s big day.
Big thanks to Jay and Shuhenaz Hoque for their time on the pre wedding functions and to Sailesh Makwana for his assistance on the wedding day…oh and not forgetting my brother Nikhil in Australia for the recommendation to Suraj’s sister in law
The next blog entry will be up after the Bank Holiday…until then!
Arti and Vipin’s special day was my 1st 2012 Hindu wedding & Reception party all in one day, plus a Civil inbetween! There was a beautiful sunrise at 7am when I arrived at Epsom Race Course, so I made Naresh from Lax Videography pull over several times while I ran out and caught the perfect shot of the sun rising! I had an absolute blast on the day, everyone was in good spirits and it was an honor to capture Arti and Vipin’s wedding memories. The Hindu wedding was beautifully conducted, Vipin’s sister’s laughed a lot (probably more-so at me and my Homer Simpson socks! ).
Then followed by the Civil ceremony and after a short break we pretty much straight into the reception party which featured a Dhol-bot! (think of a Robot playing the Dhol) and all the guests partied hard! For me, it was the 1st time a groom has picked me up and spun me around on the dance floor, I held onto my camera with my life at the moment! 17 hours later, I reflected on what a fantastic wedding I had just captured and thought to myself, I love what I do!
Arti & Vipin, I wish you ALL the very best for the future, you guys are great together. A big thank you to the Raninga and Nayyar families for making me feel very welcome during the 2 wedding events.
Below are a few of the moments captured, enjoy
Big thanks to Sailesh for helping out on the day, Naresh, as usual, its a pleasure working with you guys.
Please do leave a comment below. Until next time everyone.
May was a busy month and I really enjoyed photographing Sonia and Samir’s wedding events which were full of smiling faces, great memories and some very tasty food, I definitely put on some weight that week
The Hindu Gujarati Wedding took place at The Sattavis Patidar Centre in Wembley and I had a great time photographing this amazing couple. Despite Sonia losing her voice by the wedding day, it didn’t stop her smiling. Below are a few of the moments captured from the big day.
Sean from Eternal Wedding Films, its always a pleasure working with you and your team.
Sonia and Pookie Bear, oops I mean Samir, I wish you all the best for the future. May the photographs give you a life time of memories.
Months before the wedding, Sonia emailed me and told me she looks at her dad’s photo every morning while getting ready and wanted him included within the wedding photographs.
I’m loving your outfit Sam 😉
I wonder if Sam found his name in Sonia’s Mendhi
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Easter weekend is always a popular date for weddings and this Easter just gone, I had the pleasure of photographing Jayna and Navin’s Hindu Wedding ceremony at Willesden Mandir in North West London. From looking at the photographs, you can tell that Jayna and Navin really enjoyed their wedding day it was also nice to see two previous couple’s that I’d photographed in the past.Lax Videography were the official videographers for the wedding and it’s always a pleasure working with them.
Jayna and Navin, I wish best for the future guys and enjoy the moments captured below.
Please feel free to leave a comment below…Until next time, Sanjay
I recently had the honour of photographing the engagement ceremony of Sabeen to Qasim at The Cavendish Country House in Eastcote. It was a nice intimate ceremony with close family and friends. The night was full of fun, food, laughter and lots of Gullab Jaman (A dessert consisting of dumplings made of thickened milk, soaked in rose flavoured sugar syrup) being fed to Sabeen and Qasim! Qasim even managed to fit in a huge Ladoo (another sweet dish) in his mouth…I think he was trying to impress Sabeen with this! 😉 Anyway, here are some of the moments captured.
All the best for the future guys – enjoy the memories.
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After the fab Hindu Wedding Ceremony and Civil Wedding at Addington Palace (http://bit.ly/aqUttv) , Rakhi and Parag continued their wedding celebrations with a night full of partying at the beautiful Sofitel hotel at Heathrow Airport, Terminal 5. This was definitely one of my favourite wedding reception parties and below are a few of the moments captured.
I wish Rakhi and Parag all the best for the future. Enjoy the memories ☺
Thanks for viewing, please feel free to leave a comment below.
I recently had the pleasure of photographing Dipali and Nikul’s wedding at the Hare Krishna Mandir in Watford. Watford mandir is a special place for me as it’s a place I try to come to on a regular basis and it’s also where I photographed my 1st wedding as an assistant with one of the top asian photographers.
Anyway, back to Dipali and Nikul…I grew up with Nikul as he lived around the corner from my home, our families are very close and when I heard that Nikul was getting married, I was over the moon, and when Dipali and Nikul asked me to photograph their wedding, I was thrilled. On the 19th of August, Dipali and Nikul tied the knot and below are a few of the moments captured.
I wish you all the best for the future – thank you to both families for making me feel so welcomed through out the various wedding events. Enjoy the memories ☺
A big Thank You to JHoque Photography and Vinay Dave Photography for assisting during the Pre-Wedding events.
On Saturday, I had the opportunity to photography Neha and Darpan’s Civil Marriage in Uxbridge. After the civil marriage, Neha and Darpan took a horse and carriage ride to their reception venue – the stunning White House in Ealing where they celebrated with friends and family. That evening, along with the guests, I was fortunate to hear some amazing musical performances from Devi, CHKY Soul, Ash King and lastly the groom himself, who is a very talented singer and musician! It was hard for me not to click away while the excellent performances were taking place! Having looked up Darpan’s music on iTunes, he’s even written a song referring to Neha! After the performances, the well known band ‘Strings’ (Chiswick Garba) took over and out came the dandiya sticks and everyone danced the night away.
Neha and Darpan, all the best for the future.
Thanks for viewing, comments are most welcomed
On a very sunny day – Saturday 17th April, I had the opportunity to capture the civil ceremony of the delightful Najla and very cool Subhaan. The civil ceremony took place at Brent Town Hall and then we headed down to Harrow on the Hill for some photographs with friends, family, and of course the newly weds! I had a great time photographing Najla and Subhaan and below is a small showcase of some of the moments captured.
Big thanks to everyone for making me feel so welcomed during the day and I can’t wait to capture the remaining events in the coming weeks.
Thanks for viewing and enjoy the memories, please feel free to leave a comment below
Introducing the final wedding of 2009, and boy was it a BIG wedding…not one, but two ceremonies in one day. The morning ceremony consisted of a Sikh wedding at The Ramgarhia Gurdwara in Coventry, followed by a Hindu Wedding and reception party at The Sports ConneXion.
Although it was a long day, I thoroughly enjoyed capturing every moment of the day and below are a few moments from the day.
Many thanks to Vinay Dave for his assistance in the morning and a BIG thank you to the Sharma and Lotay family for making me feel welcomed, I enjoyed partying with both families
All the best for the future guys, enjoy the memories!
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Sanjay D Gohil
Congratulations to Jesal and Sheetal on their wedding which took place a few months back at the Holiday Inn, Brentford Lock. Below are a few photographs from Jesal and Sheetal’s big day.
All the best for the future guys and enjoy the memories
I recently captured Gita and Nikul’s Hindu wedding ceremony at the Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Stanmore. The day went really well and the couple were great to photograph. I was joined by Lax Videography who captured the day in their special unique way! So without any delay, let me show you some of the wedding moments that I captured through my eyes! Gita and Nikul, enjoy the memories.
I’d love to know what you think of the photos, so please do leave a comment below, thanks guys
Last Thursday I was given the opportunity to photograph Nym and Chandni’s Civil Marriage. We were blessed with great weather and lots of smiles from everyone who witnessed the marriage of this great couple. After the registry, we headed to Barham Park and then onto Harrow on the Hill for a private photoshoot…followed by a little party at Spice Rack. Congrats to the new Mr and Mrs Jethwa!
Enjoy the pics guys, and keep a look out for the Indian wedding pics towards the end of next month.
Nym is very close friend of mine and Chandni is my sister’s best friend. In Feb 2007 my sister had the crazy idea of setting Chandni up with Nym. They dated and on their 1st year anniversary, Nym proposed after spending a day in Paris and last weekend was their engagement ceremony. Congrats to my good friends ‘Nym and Chandni’. I wish you all the happiness for the future!
Enjoy the photos and please leave your comments!